The government issued a document on Monday inviting initial expressions of interest in the airline, which has accumulated huge losses in the past decade.
Kunal Kamra was banned for six months by Indigo — the airline carrying him during the incident — while Air India, GoAir and Spice Jet barred the outspoken comic "until further notice."
The government announced a halt to domestic flights on March 23, ordering commercial airlines to shut down domestic operations on top of an existing ban on international flights to try and contain the spread of the coronavirus.
The airline will keep paying a small number of employees on payroll to restart operations when the government allows flights, the report said, citing people with knowledge of the matter.
Even as the privatisation process drags on, national carrier Air India has instituted a scheme whereby employees can opt to take 'leave without pay ranging from six months to up to five years.
India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation has confirmed that Air India’s repatriation flights for its citizens in the Gulf wishing to return home in view of coronavirus disruptions will be extended into its Phase V from Aug.1, 2020.
Some Indian passengers were stopped at the airport based on the COVID-19 test results.
Bollywood celebrities took to social media to express shock and grief over the Kozhikode plane crash incident.
The last three consecutive years, Kerala has been hit by natural calamities during the monsoon season, and this year the plane crash in Calicut airport added further distress to the people.